Monday, August 11, 2008

Crazy Busy Days of Summer

I know it has been awhile since I have had a post but we are busy enjoying summer!! I needed a haircut and finally got a few hours to myself and got my haircut. A bit shorter than I planned but feels so much better. Mikol cut 6 inches off. Sean and the kiddos don't like it. Sean says that I look like Farrah Faucett. Maybe it has something to do with the 70's shirt that I am wearing.

We spent a day at Hovander Park with Tori and Dustin and new baby Paul. What a sweetie he is. I love that my children love babies! Jess and her children were there too and Savannah was great with Ruby, very much a mother hen but helpful. Jess is definitely uncomfortable and ready for her boys to be here!

We bought a 'new' van!! it is an '02 Chevy Express. We got a good deal and really appreciate the space it affords us. It even has AC in the back!! Erik told someone that it has a lot of room and can hold a lot more babies!! Let's see what God has planned in that department.
This was a rare opportunity that we had Mikaela with us (she seems to be working all the time) we tried to get 70 pounds of blueberries but had to be satisfied with the 17 we actually picked. I think that we will definitely try again. but it does not seem to be our year at berry picking.

On Sunday we went to the Civil War re-enactment it was very educational and very loud which did not seem to bother Ruby she slept through the first battle. Taylor was disappointed that I would not buy the Civil War dress for her.
Couldn't resist this photo. The children did really well. Especially considering we had spent the previous 3 days at the WATCH conference. It is the Washington Association of Teaching Christian Homeschoolers. It was such a good opportunity. A little tough bringing a mostly potty trained 2 year old to the sessions but definitely worth it. We had the days packed from 8am to 8:30 pm!! More than we do in a month usually. Taylor got to stay in the dorms and eat in the cafeteria with Geaba and Kimberly. The rest of us stayed in an on campus apartment. Erik fell of the top bunk and lost his blanket 4 times in the night. Ian fell off the top bunk twice before we moved him to the floor and Aaron fell off the couch and did not even remember it in the morning. I guess I am glad that Ruby was in the crib. The conference had some great speakers and real encouragement. Sean laughed a lot and learned a lot. I got some great homeschooling resources and had lots of fun choosing and dreaming about our schedule for the upcoming year.

I had the awesome privilege of attending the birth of the Overstreet twins. I had arrived in Seattle for the conference on Thurs. evening and went to the general session. Then I got my family settled down for the night and looked over the conference schedule I finally turned out the light to go to sleep at 11:45 and at 12:11 I got a call from Jess. Her water just broke!!! So after throwing some stuff in a bag and getting my mom's car I headed North (first I got lost and finally found the freeway in downtown Seattle) I came to their house and Jess labored for a few hours. She did such a great job staying calm and moving around drinking water. It was a great time together. About 5am her contractions finally got regular and were more consistent. We went to the hospital and were admitted by 6:30 or so. Of course, the doctors and nurses were shocked when she said that she did not plan on using pain meds. The worst part seemed to be the 20 minutes of continuous monitoring when she couldn't move around. The first part seemed to go slow but really picked up in the bathtub. The presence of Jesus during the birth was really incredible. It was so peaceful (definitely intense and hard work) but calm. I really enjoyed sharing the amazing birth with my good friends. It seemed like the pushing went really fast and baby A was born at 8:19 weighing in at 6 pounds 6oz. and Baby B was born at 8:43 and weighed 6 lbs 12oz. They are healthy and beautiful. I don't have the words to express what a privilege it was to work with them and share in their joy. Thank you Jesus for the miraculous birth of Justice and Honor.

1 comment:

Stacy said...

I found you! :)

Cute pictures. I"ll be back, but I'm really needing to get off the computer and
a) start the laundry
b) put away all of our camp stuff that we dumped in the living room as we unloaded the van
c) rest and watch a movie with Mark.

So, "c", then. :)

Fun to hang out with you the past two days!